Title 78B Chapter 6 Section 117

Judicial Code
Particular Proceedings
Section 117
Who may adopt -- Adoption of minor.

            

78B-6-117.   Who may adopt -- Adoption of minor.

            (1) A minor child may be adopted by an adult person, in accordance with the provisions and requirements of this section and this part.

            (2) A child may be adopted by:

            (a) adults who are legally married to each other in accordance with the laws of this state, including adoption by a stepparent; or

            (b) subject to Subsection (4), any single adult, except as provided in Subsection (3).

            (3) A child may not be adopted by a person who is cohabiting in a relationship that is not a legally valid and binding marriage under the laws of this state.

            (4) In order to provide a child who is in the custody of the division with the most beneficial family structure, when a child in the custody of the division is placed for adoption, the division or child-placing agency shall place the child with a man and a woman who are married to each other, unless:

            (a) there are no qualified married couples who:

            (i) have applied to adopt a child;

            (ii) are willing to adopt the child; and

            (iii) are an appropriate placement for the child;

            (b) the child is placed with a relative of the child;

            (c) the child is placed with a person who has already developed a substantial relationship with the child;

            (d) the child is placed with a person who:

            (i) is selected by a parent or former parent of the child, if the parent or former parent consented to the adoption of the child; and

            (ii) the parent or former parent described in Subsection (4)(d)(i):

            (A) knew the person with whom the child is placed before the parent consented to the adoption; or

            (B) became aware of the person with whom the child is placed through a source other than the division or the child-placing agency that assists with the adoption of the child; or

            (e) it is in the best interests of the child to place the child with a single person.


Enacted by Chapter 3, 2008 General Session